Photos from winners of the Sony World Photography Award 2019

Photography , some say, say a thousand words. This ancient quote is effectively captured in the recent installment of the Sony World Photography Awards,” one of the many photography contest from the Japanese camera company.

The contest is currently the 12th installment, and with the goal to showcase the best contemporary photography around the world.


Pakistani dentist puts glitters and diamond on everything to make them sparkle

Several of her works feature ordinary items, which are made to sparkle after intense editing. crystal Sparkles is a project which aims to bring curiosity and delight to the viewer as it blankets images with sparkly diamond, crystals and rainbows.

The work of a Pakistani dentist– in training- unsatisfied with her career directions, and obsessed with glamorizing the world around her,  the largely self taught artist had start off putting her favorite fashion item on body stretchmarks to beautify a feature which is strongly associated with negativity as a means to finding healing.

Sara shakeel

The resulting project, Bodyglitters, a serious of models with glitters ‘pimped out ‘ stretchmarks,  inspired by her obsession was made a hashtag on social media to push a rethink and encourage positive body image. A project which set the template for her new direction into photo editing.

She moved on to general glitterizing, and with several uploads later her editing had gone viral attracting the likes of Emirates, Swiss luxury brands : Bally and Swarovski and an award from glamour Italy

Aditya redraws nature in angular and cubical anatomies.

Aditya from Indonesia tries to visualise some animals in different form. Using Photo editing tools, he reshapes pictures of animals in rectangles and squares, a process known as  Anicube or Animal Cube.

I am interested in the cubical shape and trying to change some animal form into cubes. First, I was afraid if it would be nicer than the original shape. I was really curious about the results, so I tried to find some funny animal pictures to be changed into Anicube.” he had commented about why he chose this unique perspective to viewing nature. 

To make his images, the pictures of the animal pictures were collected from Unsplash and Pixabay. Aditya is an indonesian illustrator and a freelance design. Below are some of his works. 6odj4qiwl0s-lisa-lyne-blevins-5879e6ade84da__880

















Elshamy mimics natural environments with sets of minimalist photos

Travel is big and with social media fuelling this passion, more and more persons with the means gets to share their experience. But  or most of us without the financial capacity, it hurts scrolling through gigabytes of pictures wishing for some sort of lucky break. But one self taught designer has decided to do something about it.  With his latest project called : “Life” the egyptian born film marker takes a series of minimalist photographs,  which are exact replicas of the natural thing. 

One of my dreams to travel the world with my camera, take photos of wildlife animals and under the sea creatures, swimming with whales, dolphins, etc. like a National Geographic photographer, so was the purpose of this project to create my own wildlife photography using some animals and sea creatures models in my room studio..”   Amr Elshamy  says.
Elshammy , also a filmmaker , started  work on “LIFE”  the later part 2016, working for 2 months. To make the detailed replicas , he had to partner with the Chinese company “MOJO FUN” . Also this project was a way for him to campaign against global warming and other form of environmental degradation. The clean outcome was achieved with photoshop. 


For the north pole photo, 2 flash heads one on the top (Soft-Box), and one behind the background were used to get a nice clean white background,  and snow sprinkled was bought for 1.2$ 
Before and after using photoshop.
Before and after using photoshop
Polar Bears
An  Orca
Humpback whales

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Grand title winner : Tim Laman

High in the canopy, a young male orang-utan returns to feast on a crop of figs. Tim knew he would be back. After three days of climbing up and down himself, he hid several GoPro cameras in the canopy, triggering them remotely from the forest floor when he saw the orang-utan climbing. He had long visualised this shot, looking down on the orang-utan within its forest home.

A vital story captured in one remarkable frame by Tim Laman , a wild life photographer aiming to bring the plight of such orang-utan to more people . The story is well-known but we need outstanding photography like this to bring it across to us afresh . It touches our hearts and our minds – and just might help support actions to stop the destruction of it habitat.

Tim also captured the other part of the indonesian eco-system which cover the aquatic , terrestrial and dendritic animals lives.

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Sometimes known as the gardeners of the forest, Bornean orang-utans are highly intelligent. Like humans, they exhibit culture, with different groups displaying unique behaviours and traditions. Orang-utans in Borneo have been seen using leaves as napkins to wipe their chins, building sun shades above their nests and even crafting umbrellas to stay dry in the tropical downpours.

Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.



Giants in Urban centers : Adrian Sommeling

Photoshop editing are a norm , but taking it one step further is perspective editing. This is where an object is made a little different to the dimensions of its backdrop.  Creating photos out of surreal situations, very often with his own son as  the main character within the scene. With  this latest project of giants in urban centers. Adrian Sommeling seeks disclose his own past and future stories.

Mr  Sommeling a photographer based in the Netherlands and  started his art in 1990 but only focused his creative energies on the advertising industry working with the government and  ad organisations.

 ” I love interacting with clients and I think I am very good at this.”  he said, ” and , I deeply believe in teamwork as one of the best means to improve and get any company’s achievements. In my earliest days my focus was on graphic and web design. “

However, some years afterwards photography, or rather digital art, has become his main preoccupation . What used to be canvas, oils and brushes have given way to photoshop and digital editing.


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Mr Adrian  who also offer clients services and backgroud editing also  does video tutorial for people interested in his form of art. He uses Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw and the cartoonish effect is achieved by his working with the “emotions” and lighting of the taken photographs.

The images are mostly taken with a Nikon D3100, or an Olympus OMD interchangeably  and constantly shares his images and editing process on his facebook page with over 100k likes and growing.

Lagos photo festival on African identity

This year’s Lagos Photo Festival Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria brings together well-known photographers and their take on identity in Africa. The yearly “Festival” hopes to portray African photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical , and contemporary issues ; the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programs.

  It’s  theme  ”  Rituals and Performance, Inherent risk ”   takes a traditional dimension to the art , asking for display that depict the festival fetish allure  of Africa , it history and hidden culture . Officially opened on Saturday, October 22nd, it would run through to the end of November.

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Colin Delfosse ( Congo )

A take on the modern Congolese  national sport of Fetish-wrestling. Which skips freely between art and old world tradition , with the mystical ballet, bounded by the four ropes of the ring, representing  an unlikely blend of traditional dance and American sporty show business.



Eric Gyamfi  ( Ghana )

Eric calls into question the treatment of homosexuals in Ghana , and their bid to find a safe place in the society that sees them as abnormal.



Bubi canal ( Spain  )

Explore the nature of Africa around Africa as seen through traditional eyes ; of he locals and people of the mountains.  The height, colour , sheer size  and clouds



Tsoku Maela ( South Africa)

Tsoku calls into focus  the power of self-love. Wanting it to be viewed not as  instinctively conceal and impulsively improve on our flaws, but starting points to a much large meaning to life life.  Tsohu used a “masked” man and a “disfigured” woman as the centre piece of his lens story , painting their love story as a thing of beauty .



 Mario Macilau ( Mozambique )

Turn his lens on complicated rationale of the  Mozambican electronic boom. On one hand  is  “Hulene Dump”  an open-pit waste dump-site that has operated for thirty-five and has become a significant source of livelihood for various marginalised individuals with no other career perspectives  yet , a on the other causing a  great deal of environment degradation and  health risk.  Mario’s photos hope to ask the biting question; which do one support ; health or wealth ?


Lagos Photo aims to:

establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa

Launched in 2010, Lagos Photo is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria.  A  month long program, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa.


David Uzochukwu ( Nigeria )

David focused his theme around one of  Nigerian’s prominent authors , Chinua Achebe and his works”Things Fall Apart” and  “No Longer at Ease“. His pictures aim to pick at both novels portrayal of the  unsettling confusion and chaos of  the English colonialism of the Igbo clans people.




Kiluanji Kia Henda ( Rwanda )
Kia call to question the original ideal of the  early colonisers from the west , that Africa lack refined art. Strongly influence by the Moorish invaders of South Spain  , Kia hopes his photos would show the influence of Africa and Africans in the global cultural scenes.





I Trust You Know Oju-Ile . Nigerian Alaraagbo XI seek to appropriate processional ritual and body ontology in the street of Lagos.
Keyezua looks at fashion in her home country of Angola with this image, entitled Royal Generation, of a woman wearing fabric woven from raw materials.
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia imagines how retired businesswomen could look in a series called Nyanye – League of Extravagant Grannies.
Kudzanai Chiurai, who focuses on political and social conditions in Zimbabwe by trying to understand the psyche of what it is like to be colonised.

Photos courtesy of Lagos Photo Festival, which continues until 22 November 2016.



A Bunny gets one cool shade and a photoshop war ensues

For one thing , the access to editing tools (Softwares ) is common place , like cat on the Internet the after effect on an editing war is always fun to look at. No one require any extra invitation to have fun , so when   James Gould-Bourn  bored panda puts a pair of sun glasses on his bunny and puts up a snap of that adorable cutie on the web, the trolls did need any second invitation have have fun with it.

What they came up with were some of the most Hilarious photo-shop edits on the planet. Below are some of  the fantastic ways they try to make the poor bunny look even more cuter.

#1 Doc Bunny Strange

The Sorcerer Supreme Just Arrived From The Hole.


#2 BUN teacher



#3 secret service bunny

Secret Service Bunny


#4 myth busting bunny



#5 The Rogue-bunny

Biker Bunny


#6 Swedish house Dog and Bunnys


With Pals


#7 Chewie-bunny



#8 lethal Bunny

From A Different Scene



You Know You Love Me


#10 no idea bunny

Hunter S. Rabbit

you could go check out the more of the pictures on the link above.